ITEC Diploma in Massage – London

Tutor: Michael Gibbons

Start date: To be confirmed.

Course length: 7 months

Venue: London

Course Fees: £1800 + VAT

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Why train in massage?

There are many reasons why people decide to train in massage.  Many choose to train to embark on a whole new and exciting career as a Massage Practitioner and Bodyworker.  Some train for their own professional development, others to provide a wonderful service to family and friends.

Whatever your personal reason for training, the ITEC Diploma is the essential qualifying course designed to take the student from complete novice to professional practitioner.  On completion of this all-encompassing course, you will gain the nationally recognised ITEC QCF Level 3 Diploma in Massage, and the ITEC QCF Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology.

You will qualify for professional insurance so you can go straight to work!

Once completed, where can you work?

The Level 3 Diploma qualifies you to work independently and start your own practice, empowering you to select your own hours and be in control of your work/life balance.  Alternatively, you can be employed by a salon, clinic, health club or spa.  You may also find work in the NHS, hospice or other healthcare setting.

Why train with the College of Classical Massage?

  • The College Principal,  Michael Gibbons, is the main tutor on this course.  Michael Gibbons has over 25 years of continuing professional practice in bodywork and is highly regarded in the industry.  He shares his expertise teaching not only basic massage techniques but extra skills and training that will expand your skill-set way beyond a regular “Level 3” body massage course.  This will give you extra self-confidence and a high quality massage repertoire to take with you into your professional massage practice.
  • The College of Classical Massage exclusively provides massage training.
  • The College of Classical Massage was established in 1999 and has  a 100% pass rate.
  • All teachers and teaching assistants at the college have been hand-picked for their experience, passion and professionalism.  They all have successful massage practices.
  • You receive a full 16 days classroom based hands-on tuition to ensure you have the highest skill-set level and self-confidence to start your massage career.
  • Career longevity is at the heart of our training.  As practitioners, we understand the importance of protecting yourself : the practitioner – you will learn how to adjust your stance and posture to avoid stress to your body.  We will teach you how to work using your forearms and specific deep tissue techniques to save your fingers and thumbs!
  • You will cover all the basic techniques covered on a “usual Level 3 course” PLUS additional content on deep tissue and therapeutic massage.
  • We teach you to recognise contraindications and give you the confidence to adapt your routines and practice according to individual client’s needs.
  • We are here to support you as a bodyworker and committed to your on-going professional development.  In addition to the very best qualifying course, we also offer : post-graduate support, further training, 1-2-1 guidance on career development, social networking and professional practice events.
  • The College of Classical Massage is, in short, here to support you throughout your career right from the start!

Quite simply, we are a leading provider of Professional Diploma level Massage Training in the UK.  Come and join us to learn the highest level of professional massage training!

Course Tutor and College Principal, Michael Gibbons

This course is taught by Michael Gibbons, with highly experienced assistants for practical sessions, where necessary.

Michael Gibbons is an exceptional and highly experienced Bodywork Practitioner and Teacher.  He has gained extensive knowledge over his 25 years in the Bodywork Industry.  Originally training in Body Massage and Sports Massage, he has further developed his skills and experience with his training in Mc Timoney Chiropractic, studying for 4 years at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Oxford, gaining a Diploma in 1999.  He has also trained in Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, Remedial and Deep Tissue Massage and Aromatherapy.

Michael is passionate about his clinic work and his teaching.  It gives him great pleasure to be able to impart his knowledge to others and to play an important part in the development of their skills.

What is included in the course fee?

  • All hands-on massage tuition at the College of Classical Massage
  • All classroom-based ITEC Diploma tuition in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
  • The course text book.
  • The ITEC examination fee
  • The College of Classical Massage high quality training DVD
  • The College of Classical Massage polo shirt!

Body Massage is a fantastic skill to learn and it offers an immensely satisfying and enjoyable career.  The College of Classical Massage is committed to giving you the very best qualifying course possible and supporting you throughout your professional journey.

Body Massage is also known as Holistic or Swedish Massage.  We teach this massage course with a holistic approach.

Yes please! I would like to train as a massage therapist – what do I do next?

Please contact us by phone on 01273 562676 or 0749 674524 or email: to discuss your next stage, and if you wish, to arrange a meet-up with the College Principal, to see the venue and have your questions answered.

Or send us your “reserve a place” form and your registration fee – we will then send your receipt and full course information.

Course Dates and Times

Next courses dates to be  confirmed.  Please contact us to express your interest, then you will be the first to be able to book.
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Have you missed the start date?

Don’t worry – its not too late!   We may be able to offer catch up sessions – contact us for details.

Course Fees

Fees (including ITEC exam):
Registration Fee (non-refundable):£250
 VAT @ 20%£50
Course Fee (payable 6 weeks before course start date):£1550
 VAT @ 20%£310
Total £2160

Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer, ebanking, paypal or cash by arrangement.

If you want to pay by cheque, please make the cheque payable to CCM Ltd and send to 35 Barnett Road, Brighton  BN1 7GJ.
By bank transfer or ebanking the account details are:
Account number: 40714701
Sort code: 09 06 66
Please reference the payment with your name.
Or you can pay by paypal via the bookings page of the website.  Please note there is a 3.5% surcharge to cover paypal charges.

If you have any queries regarding payment, please contact us.

Instalments – there is an option to pay the course fees over 4 equal monthly instalments.

Please contact us for further details.

ITEC Diploma in Massage

*Paypal: please note if you are paying by paypal there is a surcharge of 3.5%.

These fees include

  • all massage therapy tuition;
  • all anatomy, physiology and pathology classroom-based tuition;
  • the course text book
  • a copy of our high quality instructional massage DVD (RRP£20)
  • professional conduct and business awareness tuition
  • the ITEC exam fee
  • a College polo shirt
  • Massage course materials and complimentary refreshments also provided. 
  • Please note: These fees do not include any exam retakes.

This course is accredited by ITEC (International Therapy Examination council – Practitioners can also join IPTI (Independent Professional Therapists International; BCMA (British Complementary Medicine Association – and CThA (Complementary Therapy Association) on graduation.

Body Massage

Classes are taught in a relaxed environment using talks, lectures, visuals and detailed practical demonstration. Students work closely with the tutor learning not only the techniques but also how to protect themselves from the strain and stress while carrying out body therapy. You will learn the classic techniques of massage – effleurage; petrissage and the percussions including hacking, cupping, beating, pounding, tapotement.  You will also learn frictions and vibrations and deeper massage techniques using forearms and elbows. An important part of training with the college is to trust and develop your intuition and blend massage techniques to suit each individual. Click here for the full ITEC syllabus and sample papers.

The benefits of Self-Employment....

Do you dream of working for yourself, being your own boss and setting your own hours? Self employment has many benefits and training to become a massage practitioner can open up a world of opportunities!

Work From Home

Once your training is complete and you have passed all necessary exams, you can start working immediately as you will be covered by your professional insurance.  If you have a spare room at home that is suitable then you have the option of designating this area to being a therapy room. No commute, no travel costs, no having to purchase food or drinks out as you have all the facilities to hand. You can decide the times you wish to work as well.  Once the local community know that you are there then you have an immediate circle of potential clients who enjoy the ease of visiting a local massage therapist.

Income Potential

Working for other people means that your income and working hours are already decided. However, work for yourself and you are in sole control of how much you wish to earn. Your income directly relates to how many appointments you wish to offer each week.  You may have some weeks where you may like to work less due to school holidays and then other weeks where offering more appointments works out well.  You are your own boss so income is directly related to productivity.  If you work out your costs associated with running your business and then work out what income is needed to cover business costs plus living expenses and you can have an idea of the minimum number of hours you need to work each week and then increase the hours as required.

The Training Pays For Itself – Earn Back The Cost Of Your Investment in Training In Only 5.5 Days!

Any training to invest in your future and getting the life you ultimately wish to have will have an initial outlay.   As an example, the cost to take the ITEC Diploma in Massage in London and qualify as a Massage Practitioner is £1980. After 7 months training and completion of the course you can start working immediately and be covered by insurance. You would only need to do 6 x massages a day at £60 a session to earn back the cost of your investment in training in only 5.5 days! This course is structured to fit around current employment and runs at weekends so there is no loss of income or time off work needed to train. Earning an income whilst training is ideal and the ITEC Diploma in Massage Course can also be paid over 4 equal monthly instalments.


Being self employed gives you the freedom to decide when and where you work. Do you find that you work better in the afternoons? Then offer appointments then. It may suit you to offer clients appointments to fit in dropping children to school or maybe you prefer to work evenings and weekends?  The choice is yours! You are your own boss! The additional flexibility of setting your own hours opens up so many other opportunities to really have the work life balance that everyone so desires.  Working from home also means that other domestic chores can be fitted in during the down time.  And what better way to just enjoy your breaks relaxing with a cup of tea in your own home. No pressure. No deadlines.  Fancy doing some exercise during the day? Easy, just schedule some time in your diary to do so, no fuss!

Unlimited Holidays & Time Off

Imagine not having to find childcare during school holidays? Working for yourself means that you can cover your own child care, no extra costs involved.   Fancy a week abroad? Great, book it! No one has to authorise your time off so you are flexible to take as many days, weeks or months off as you wish.


Have you ever fancied attending some of the UK’s best known festivals? Massage therapists are in great demand for using their skills and techniques to provide massage therapy at these events.


Have you always fancied working abroad? Then this is possible! Take your skills and training with you and work on a yoga retreat in India or as a massage therapist in the beautiful surroundings of the Italian Lakes. So much choice! Love skiing? Then take the opportunity to work in a ski resort with a free ski pass, lessons, full board and lodging.

Further Training and Practitioner Support Groups

As your hours are decided by you, should you wish to attend further workshops, courses or conferences then there is no need to book time out, just block off your diary and book that workshop!

Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

It is important for therapists to understand how the body functions and heals itself. This is a fascinating subject to study. You will learn about the cell, skin, skeletal, muscular, vascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, digestive, respiratory and urinary systems. Students learn through classroom-based tuition and active participation. Regular homestudy is carefully designed to prepare our students for their examinations.  We find that the classroom-based tuition is the easiest and most effective way to learn Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology effectively. You will also learn about professional conduct, ethics, client management, setting up a business and contraindications.


“The College of Classical Massage is like a home from home, a place full of warmth and togetherness. A wonderful antidote for those looking for something a little more than a stale college classroom for their learning environment.   I’m going to miss my regular weekly full body massage when the course finishes in a few weeks time. Through the miracle of mitosis one tutor becomes two when the lovely Anna arrives in the afternoon. Anna did the course with Michael many moons ago so knows what you’re going through. Both Michael and Anna are never far away if you need some advice during the massage and they are always there to offer a good dose of encouragement when it feels most needed. So if you’re thinking of taking this course. All the best to you. I can’t think of a better place to learn massage in the Sussex area. ”  Simon Thorn

“The training with the College of Classical Massage is excellent and I found it very professional and thorough within a relaxed and calming environment. My friends were amazed at how much I learnt and the different techniques that I was using in such a short space of time. The training was invaluable and the tutors inspiring and it has definitely set the foundation for my career in massage, thank you.”  Jade Maloney

“The ITEC Diploma in Massage was something that I really wanted to do as I’ve always been interested in massage and the holistic side of things. For such an intensive course, we covered topics on the anatomy and physiology and the practical emphasis of giving a treatment to a client. There is a lot to learn when studying, it tests your ability to absorb information quickly and finding the time to be a therapist in training, with other commitments on the go. The knowledge I’ve gained and the confidence as a therapist is immense. It is a transferable skill that I can use abroad or within the UK.  Michael’s enthusiasm for body massage really came across. It is a stepping stone to further my career and to be amongst others who share a similar passion.  Thank you Michael.”  Isobel Street

“Since joining the ITEC Diploma in Massage class at the beginning of this year, I have been astounded how much I have learned about the human body and systems and energy fields in relation to massage therapy, and all thanks to Michael and Anna (his assistant) who are both experts in their field.  Every single lesson I found to be both enjoyable and instructive.  I recommend Michael and Anna highly as massage therapy tutors.”  Kim Duke

“I qualified as a Holistic Massage Therapist in 2012 following the intensive ITEC Diploma course run by Michael Gibbons. From day one the course was relaxed and informal but with a very professional approach to the learning required. The course is broken into both practical and theory with ample opportunity to be “hands-on” at the start of the course. Michael had the patience of a saint with us all, as we sometimes took a while to grasp what was required of us but he always maintained a great sense of humour! As a result of Michael and the College, I was able to achieve what I believed at the beginning would be the impossible, and am now the proud owner of my own massage business, The Therapy Room. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone.”    Rachel Gosling


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If you would like to book a place on this course please complete or download a booking form. If you have any queries please contact us at

Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer, ebanking, paypal or cash by arrangement.
If you want to pay by cheque, please make the cheque payable to CCM Ltd and send to 35 Barnett Road, Brighton  BN1 7GJ.
By bank transfer or ebanking the account details are:
Account number: 40714701
sort code: 09 06 66
Please reference the payment with your name.
Or you can pay by paypal via the bookings page of the website.  For most of the courses there is a 3.5% surcharge to cover paypal charges.

If you have any queries regarding payment, please contact us. This course is accredited by ITEC (International Therapy Examination council –  Practitioners can also join IPTI (Independent Professional Therapists International; BCMA (British Complementary Medicine Association – and CThA (Complementary Therapy Association) on graduation.

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